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[audio]Ode to Gravity: Interspecies Music
For many years, Jim Nollman has explored the limits of human-animal communication. Along the way he has made some highly provocative tapes. In this program he talks with Charles Amirkhanian and introduces his recordings, including his now famous “Turkey Song”, in which human slide whistlers perform a call-and-response improvisation with the flock of gobblers at the Willy Bird Farm. Also heard is a recording of a colony of kangaroo rats and wild burros, made during a recent visit to Death Val...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Other Finds; Jim Nollman
Downloads: 262
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Ode to Ben Amirkhanian in honor of his 74th birthday
Charles Amirkhanian with a special surprise program in honor of famous Armenian-American majors born on July 17, 1915, (his father Benjamin).
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Other Finds; Benjamin Amirkhanian
Downloads: 105
[audio]Ode to Gravity: The People's Opera 1970 (Aerosol, or The Computer That Couldn’t Hear)
An intermedia opera, scored by Liam O’Gallagher, for four FM stations and a chorus of nine transistor radios with two soloist or maybe three...via the Bell System plus tapes of Robert Moran and Charles Amirkhanian. Reminiscent of some of John Cage’s aleatory compositions for FM radio this opera contains an amalgam of sounds ranging from Peking Opera, to sound poetry, to snippets of TV, to musicians performing on a variety of instruments...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Avant-Garde; Soundscapes
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[audio]Ode to Gravity: New musical releases of 1983
Charles Amirkhanian introduces three remarkable new LP's and an old classic from 1979. (1) Life is a Killer - mostly rock pieces by poets, including Amiri Baraka, William S. Burroughs, Jim Carroll, Jayne Cortez, John Giorno, Brion Gysin, Rose Lesniak, and Ned Sublette (Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 027); (2) Machine Guitars - by Dutch composer Remko Scha, who plays electric guitars with saber saws, ropes and flexible metal rods; (3) Piano Solo, Vol...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Poetry; Popular Music
Downloads: 369
[audio]Ode To Gravity: Kenward Elmslie
Charles Amirkhanian talks with New York poet Kenward Elmslie, author of numerous books including Circus Nerves, Motor Disturbances, The Orchid and Album. Elmslie has also written librettos for several operas: Miss Julie by Ned Rorem and The Sweet Bye and Bye and Lizzie Borden by Jack Beeson. On this program Elmslie reads some beautifully wacky verse from his recent books including some he has composed tunes for, and introduces two songs from the musical comedy The Grass Harp (music by Claibe Ric...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview; Poetry; Kenward Elmslie
Downloads: 89
[audio]Ode To Gravity: George Antheil & Four Lives in Paris
Charles Amirkhanian introduces three recordings of compositions by George Antheil, the original bad boy of music, who lived from 1900 to 1959. Amirkhanian also discusses “Four Lives in Paris,” Hugh Ford’s book documenting the lives of Antheil, Kay Boyle, Harold Stearns, and Margaret Anderson as Americans living in France during the heady days of the early 20th century. Published by North Point Press of Berkeley, California, the volume brings to light information about four, representative,...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Music; George Antheil
Downloads: 92
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Rain-Drain by Karlheinz Martens
Another auditory collage of poetry, music, stories and sounds from Charles Amirkhanian’s groundbreaking radio program, “Ode To Gravity”. In this edition you will hear Charles recite a poem by Nano Valaorites, some quiet jazz music, and a short story read by its author, Mort Bennett, among other assorted aural amusements. Don’t worry about the meaning of it all just sit back and absorb the sonic vibrations.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Poetry; Soundscapes
Downloads: 181
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Presented by Harry S. Baptist
An eclectic collage of mostly unidentified music and sounds supposedly presented by those legendary KPFA music directors Harry S. Truman and John the Baptist. Some of the music heard can be tentatively identified as jazz pieces by the Phil Yost Trio, Chick Corea, and Benny Goodman, others seem to be by the Senufo peoples of Ivory Coast, and the pygmies of Burundi, as well as at least one and possibly two excerpts from Lou Harrison’s “Pacifika Rondo”...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Jazz; Soundscapes
Downloads: 277
[audio]Ode to Gravity: An Indelible Admixture
Sped up host Sparky, presents an indelible admixture of organ music, jazz, and sound poetry. First heard is “Liberation Waltz” by (or from) the Berkeley, California based Felicity Facility. This is followed by a selection of musical settings by David Durrah and his jazz band poems of poems by Edward Mycue. The program then concludes with two word-tape pieces by Selrahc Nimajneb Nainahkrima, (a.k.a...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Jazz; Sound Poetry
Downloads: 183
[audio]Ode To Gravity: Aspects of the Visionary
Charles Amirkhanian talks with David Graham, Gerry Duncan, and Christopher & Teresa Venne about their publication “Attitudes 1”, a futuristic thought collection issued in mid-1971. The publication grew out of the groups interest in the work of British economist, Robert Theobald, but evolved past his theories of a guaranteed annual income, to embrace more Utopian and Spiritual theories, including reincarnation...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Lecture; Panel Discussion
Downloads: 118
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Music from Sudan and Armenia
In this program we hear music performed by Sudanese virtuoso Hamza El Din, as well as a selection of Armenian folk music, and an interview with Dikran Karagueuzian, editor of the San Francisco based newspaper, the Armenian Guardian.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; World Music
Downloads: 502
[audio]Ode To Gravity: Do Fraig Amors, etc...
Another excellent example of an early Ode to Gravity program. This time it is an interesting mix of music and spoken word, ranging from Medieval Germanic choral music, avant-garde orchestral works, American popular music from the 1920s or 1930s, canary’s chirping, spell casting, bowling advice and other assorted sounds.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Orchestral Music
Downloads: 158
[audio]Ode to Gravity: The Public Imagination
Amirkhanian interviews participants at an unusual visual arts conference held at DeBenneville Pines in the San Bernardino National Forest. Included are Ken Friedman, director of the conference and a renowned visual artist, Barbara Haskell, curator of the Pasadena Art Museum, and Wayne Arneson. Harvard Divinity School student who discusses his school for people who might want to live on other planets...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Modern Art
Downloads: 145
[audio]Ode to Gravity: An Evening of Jazz and Poetry
A program of poetry, jazz, and text-sound composition, featuring works by the Bobby Scott Trio, Charles Amirkhanian, Miles Davis, and Chris Hottel. The program begins with an early version of one of Charles Amirkhanian’s popular works of sound poetry, “Radii,” which takes as its text every word in the dictionary that begins with “r-a-d-i”. This is followed by four pieces by the Bobby Scott Trio taken from an old 1953 Savoy recording (MG 15055)...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Jazz; Poetry; Music; Interview
Downloads: 215
[audio]Ode To Gravity: Bon Bonn Bon
Originally broadcast on the evening of the 200th anniversary of Beethoven's birth this program would have had the deaf composer holding his head in amazement. An energetic mix of assorted musical genres, this program combines the madness one would associate with the Fugs with the elegance reminiscent of a Chopin nocturne, with a healthy dose of jazz and a little bit of poetry by Ezra Pound thrown in for seasoning...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Classical Music
Downloads: 140
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Rubber Stamp Art
The Ellis Rubber Stamp Co. was founded in 1929 by H.R. Ellis and his son, Walter, who continues to produce rubber stamps of over 1000 different visual designs plus custom stamps for regular retail customers. Charles Amirkhanian, Ken Friedman and Carol Law have produced a series of graphic works exclusively utilizing rubber stamp images. In this program Charles talks with Walter Ellis and several of his employees at the Ellis Co...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Other Finds; Rubber Stamps
Downloads: 162
[audio]Ode To Gravity: The Dial-A-Poem Poets
Amirkhanian introduces a program of poetry from the Dial-A-Poem exhibits organized by John Giorno at the Museum of Modern Art and other spaces. These poems were originally available to the general public via a special telephone number from the The Architectural League of New York. However due to some of the adult content contained in certain pieces the project was threatened with lawsuit’s from concerned, conservative parents and the telephone number was eventually disconnected...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Poetry; Spoken Word
Downloads: 1,179
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Distel Bitzos
While in Bern, Switzerland in the Summer of 1972, Charles Amirkhanian and his wife Carol Law, interviewed two avant-garde artists who were then working in the area of visual art and sound poetry. Born in 1942, Herbert Distel, had already produced a number of iconic works, including a large Styrofoam egg, which he famously photographed as it floated in a large body of water, as well as his mini museum, a cabinet featuring 500 tiny installations by some of the world’s greatest living artists...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Avant-Garde; Interview; Music
Downloads: 43
[audio]Ode To Gravity: A Concert of American Music for Violin and Piano
From 1982, Charles Amirkhanian introduces a concert of violin and piano music by American composers, some obscure and some well known. The music is performed live in the KPFA studio, by the San Francisco duo, violinist Greg Mazmanian and pianist Robert Hagopian. The works range from an early romantic sonata by John Alden Carpenter, to more modern sounding sonatas by Henry Cowell, and Aaron Copland...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Music; 20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
Downloads: 329
[audio]Ode To Gravity: A Piano Recital by Emily Wong
Emily Wong performs live in the KPFA Studio C. She is the pianist with the Cabrillo Music Festival, Marin civic Light Opera, and teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Charles Amirkhanian hosts the broadcast which features a rare performance of early pieces by Conlon Nancarrow. This concert was held during a fund drive by KPFA and during the intermission requests for funds are made.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Music; 20th Century Classical; Classical; Emily Wong
Downloads: 70
[audio]Ode To Gravity: Charlie Morrow and New Wilderness Audiographics
From an interview recorded in December of 1977 and broadcast on June 26, 1978, Charles Amirkhanian talks with New York composer and producer, Charlie Morrow, at his home on West End Avenue in Manhattan. Morrow was, at the time of this recording, director of the New Wilderness Foundation, which issued a remarkable series of cassette tapes featuring experimental music, text-sound compositions, and field recordings, created by a variety of avant-garde composers and poets...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Charlie Morrow; Music; Interview; New Music
Downloads: 82
[audio]Ode to Gravity: The Music of Shulamit Ran
Charles Amirkhanian interviews the young Israeli composer Shulamit Ran. Ran studied with Paul Ben-Haim from 1960 to 1963 and then at the Mannes College of Music in New York from 1963 to 1967 as a pianist and composer. This recording was made on February 27, 1981 in Chicago, where Ran was currently teaching at the University of Chicago.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; Chamber Music; Art Songs; Shulamit Ran
Downloads: 131
[audio]Ode To Gravity: The Music of Claude Ballif
French composer Claude Ballif is interviewed in his Paris home by Charles Amirkhanian (recorded on December 31,1973). Ballif wrote music of enormous strength and clarity. Like his compatriot Messiaen, his music is the result of his deep involvement in Catholicism, a fact which he discusses in the interview. Little known in the United States at the time of this recording, Ballif had produced a highly original and very unified series of works dating back to the mid-1950s...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Claude Ballif
Downloads: 95
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Introducing the Buchla 700
Donald Buchla's newest synthesizer, the 700, is introduced to the San Francisco community at a gathering held at the Sake Factory. Charles Amirkhanian interviews the inventor as well as numerous local composers about their experiences with Buchla's creations while we hear in the background people trying out the newest version.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Other Finds; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Buchla
Downloads: 1,171
[audio]Ode to Gravity: New Music from Uruguay
Illustrating the truly international character of the electronic music revolution, here are the works of two fascinating and talented composers from Montevideo, Uruguay. Coriún Aharonián and Graciela Paraskevaidis (of Armenian and Greek background, receptively) are native Uruguayans who have been among the most active organizers of new music activity in South America since the 1970s. This husband and wife team are among the most talented electro-acoustic composers active anywhere, as illustrat...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Coriun Aharonian
Downloads: 456
[audio]Ode to Gravity: A Concert from Pier 2 with Stuart Dempster and Bill Fontana
Trombonist Stuart Dempster, master of the sewer pipe didjeridu, performs live from San Francisco's Fort Mason's Pier 2, where the sound installation of Bill Fontana, "Landscape Sculpture with Foghorns", created for the 1981 New Music America Festival, was still sounding. Dempster's earlier performance at the Japan Center was a Festival hit, and when Stu went to Pier 2 and heard his alter egos performing across the Bay, he decided then and there to play in concert with the live foghorn feeding fr...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Music; Avant Garde; Soundscapes; Stewart Dempster; Bill Fontana
Downloads: 312
[audio]Ode To Gravity: New Music and New Books on Music
In this educational and erudite program, recorded on February 25, 1976, Charles Amirkhanian begins by introducing two compositions: “Inori” a work for orchestra by Karlheinz Stockhausen, who in an interview with Dutch Radio describes his disappointment with the lack of popular engagement with many of his compositional choices; and “Empty Mirror” a 1975 text-sound composition by Neil Rolnick...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Music; New Music; Orchestral Music
Downloads: 73
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Interview with Marin Alsop
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Marin Alsop, conductor of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Long Island Symphony, and her own group Concordia, which has commissioned a number of contemporary works. At the time of this interview she had just become the new director of the Cabrillo Music Festival. Marin Alsop studied under Leonard Bernstein about whom she shares some of her memories. Although born in New York, she has worked on the West Coast for many years and is very sympathetic to West Coast compos...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music
Downloads: 109
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Computer Music Panel
The advent of the commonly available personal computer took the digital revolution further than some dreamed possible. Charles Amirkhanian and Richard Friedman host a discussion with composers Henry Kaiser and journalists, including the editors of Electronic Musician, Keyboard, and Mac User magazines. The topic of discussion is the use of personal computers by both professional and amateur musicians for musical composition and performance...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Lecture; Panel Discussion; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
Downloads: 103
[audio]Ode to Gravity: The Music of Kermit Lynch
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Berkeley songwriter and wine connoisseur Kermit Lynch, one of the country’s most highly respected importers of French wine. In a previous life, following his childhood in San Luis Obispo, and his unsuccessful foray into the treacherous world of academia at Fresno State University, Kermit moved to Berkeley, California, attended San Francisco State University, and was a founding member of a band called The Roaches (a name inspired perhaps by their better known comp...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Kermit Lynch
Downloads: 77
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Bill Fontana
Sound sculptor Bill Fontana visits Charles Amirkhanian in the KPFA studio and brings with him, three recently recorded CDs of his ambient sound extravaganzas. The first “Australian sound sculptures”, issued by Edition René Block, includes Fontana’s 1976 8-track recording of the Kirribilli Wharf in Sydney, Australia. The second, “Landscape Soundings” is from an installation piece in the center of Vienna, Austria, comprised of sounds from natural wetlands along the Danube...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Soundscapes; Bill Fontana
Downloads: 276
[audio]Brian Eno Interviewed on KPFA's Ode to Gravity, 1980 - Charles Amirkhanian & Brian Eno
Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss Phonetic Poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio on Saturday February 2, 1980. Listen to some of Brian Enos pieces; After the Heat, Everything Merges With the Night, Another Green World, Spirits Drifting and sections of other pieces. Brian Eno also discusses the artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a producer, Process vs Product and looping...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; New Music; Popular Music; Brian Eno
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[audio]Ode to Gravity: Sonos Handbell Ensemble
The remarkable change-ringing talents of the Oakland based handbell ensemble Sonos, are explored in this live concert from the KPFA studios. Charles Amirkhanian introduces James Mitchell, director, and the musicians from the group, who all hail from the East Bay. Members of the Ensemble demonstrate the various techniques of handbell ringing. (from KPFA Folio)
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Music; 20th Century Classical; Classical Music; Sonos Handbell Ensemble
Downloads: 160
[audio]Ode To Gravity: An Eclectic Mix of World, Word & Contemporary Classical Music
From November 1992, Charles Amirkhanian introduces an elegant and eclectic mix of world, spoken word, and contemporary classical music. The program begins with the haunting vocals of Iranian-born Sussan Deyhim performing “Navai” a setting for Sufi poetry influenced by Persian classical and folk melodies. This is followed by an extended version of Glen Velez’s “White-Throated Sparrow” a work for percussion and bansuri flute...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; World Music; 20th Century Classical
Downloads: 482
[audio]Ode To Gravity: The Music of Larry Parque
A program dedicated to the music of San Francisco Bay Area composer Larry Parque, who has experimented extensively with graphic notation and mathematical forms in music. Parque, an architect and a member of the faculty of the San Francisco State University’s Interdisciplinary Creative Arts Department was, at the time of this recording, engaged in composing a work for 21 musicians and 21 film projectors...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Larry Parque; Music; Interview; New Music; Avant-Garde; Improvisation
Downloads: 67
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Word-Tape Works and Music
From 1970, a program of word-tape compositions by Steve Reich and Charles Amirkhanian. During the 1960s and 70s a number of composers and poets began to experiment with tape editing techniques to create text-sound compositions in which fragments of text were cut-up, repeated, or otherwise manipulated in order to create a new synthesis between speech and sound. A selection of these works of sound poetry are presented here...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Spoken Word; Sound Poetry; Charles Amirkhanian; Steve Reich
Downloads: 318
[audio]Ode To Gravity: Soundscapes, Symphonies, and Sonatas
In this program, Charles Amirkhanian plays an an eclectic mix of field recordings from Africa and the San Francisco Bay Area, interspersed with the first movement from a piano sonata by Mendelssohn, an early work by Roy Harris entitled “Symphony for Voices on Poems of Walt Whitman”, as well as a sonatina for cello and piano by Bernard Wagenaar, and sound poetry by Diter Rot and Emmett Williams The Westminster Choir performs the Harris work which is conducted by John Finley Williamson, while ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; 20th Century Classical; Soundscapes
Downloads: 301
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Music by Edward MacDowell, Irving Fine, & André Jolivet
Charles Amirkhanian plays two works for solo piano and then a piano concerto. The first piece is by the American composer, Edward MacDowell, whose estate in Petersboro, NH was later converted by his widow into a sanctuary named the MacDowell Colony, where to this day artists can go to spend several months in peaceful surroundings and work on their art. The second piece, by Irving Fine, was actually composed while he was a resident of the Colony...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; 20th Century Classical; Classical Music
Downloads: 348
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Word-Tape works of Liam O'Gallagher
A program of word art by San Francisco intermedia artist Liam O'Gallagher. O’Gallagher, for many years a painter, studied with Hans Hoffmann. In the late 1960s he became very active as a leader in the Bay Area of activities in the field of event art. His book of concrete poetry, “Planet Noise”, was published by Nova Broadcast Press. In this program O’Gallagher introduces sound poems produced especially for this original KPFA broadcast.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic; Liam O'Gallagher
Downloads: 135
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Afghani Music Recorded by Lowell Sheehy
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Lowell Sheehy, who describes his visit to Afghanistan, and plays recordings he made in 1969 of the music he heard there. Lowell Sheehy describes his low-budget trips to Afghanistan, and how he met and recorded these impromptu performances in tea houses throughout southern Afghanistan.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; World Music; Afghanistan
Downloads: 710
[audio]American Music on 78s
In the first show of what was destined to become the longest running American radio program devoted to new and avant garde music, host Charles Amirkhanian, introduces three out-of-print works by American composers. There is an early sonata by Leonard Bernstein, a Concerto for harp and wind ensemble by Carlos Salzedo, and finally a string quartet by Walter Piston. All the recordings date to the 1930s and 40s, and were originally released on 78s.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; 20th Century Classical
Downloads: 769
[audio]Ode to Gravity: An Interview with Martin Koenig
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Martin Koenig, a collector and publisher of Balkan folk music about his work as an ethnomusicologist specializing in Eastern European folk music and dances. Koenig also introduces a number of recordings from his collection.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; World Music; Martin Koenig
Downloads: 310
[audio]Ode to Gravity: 15th Anniversary Program
On March 4, 1970 Charles Amirkhanian broadcast the first in a series of ongoing programs called Ode to Gravity. The focus of the program has been avant-garde and contemporary music, with forays into the realms of experimental literature as well as visual and performance art. Initially inspired by a live theater piece by Amirkhanian, in which assorted objects ranging from a marble to a mattress to a car fender were dropped from a balcony into a circle of spectators, the radio program, Ode to Grav...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Sound Poetry
Downloads: 320
[audio]Ode To Gravity: A Live Piano Recital by Klaus Billing
Pianist Klaus Billing, a West German virtuoso specializing in the 20th Century repertoire, visits the KPFA studio for a live recital. Charles Amirkhanian talks with Mr. Billing about the works he has selected to perform.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Piano Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music
Downloads: 66
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Interviews with Hans Heinsheimer & Tom Johnson
Charles Amirkhanian talks with Hans Heinsheimer, author of Best Regards to Aida, and one of 20th Century music’s most important publishing figures. His career spanned fifty years beginning with Universal Edition in 1923 and continuing with Boosey & Hawkes and Schirmer’s through 1979. At the age of 75, he offers his reminiscences about such personal acquaintances as Kurt Weill, Bela Bartok, and George Antheil...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Hans Heinsheimer; Tom Johnson; Interview; Music; 20th Century Classical
Downloads: 68
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Fur Augun und Ohren
The program begins with excerpts from a 1980 recording titled "Word of Mouth” which features prepared talks by artists given on the island of Ponape in the Pacific Ocean. You will hear segments by Laurie Anderson, Joan Jonas, William T. Wiley, & John Cage. From Micronesia Charles Amirkhanian then takes us to West Berlin to participate in “Fur Augen und Ohren", a spectacular exhibition of mechanical and electronic music making devices dating from the past four centuries...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Mechanical Music; Modern Art
Downloads: 397 (1 review)
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Oceans in Motion
Charles Amirkhanian introduces recordings of unusual 20th Century music released by the Ocean Records label. The brainchild of composer Allen Strange and friend David Porter, Ocean distributed cassettes of sound poetry, electronic music, Indonesian music, and other salty material, once a month to subscribers. In this program, Amirkhanian highlights Ocean’s Composers’ Cassettes recordings of music by Lou Harrison and Richard Dee (”Suite for Violin with American Gamelan”) and sound poetry ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; New Music; Sound Poetry
Downloads: 180
[audio]Ode to Gravity: The Music of Joanna Brouk
Music to induce serenity. Charles Amirkhanian talks with Joanna Brouk, a Berkeley composer whose interests lies in the sounds that can be perceived by listening to “impurities” within larger tones. These impurities, called overtones, are utilized in the making of the six pieces heard here. Ms. Brouk modulates her voice with an synthesizer in three of these pieces. In another she uses repeated tones in the low range of a grand piano...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Joanna Brouk
Downloads: 258
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Music & Interviews with Daniel Caux, John Oswald, Cecil Taylor, Banda Polyphony, et al.
In this edition of Ode to Gravity, Charles Amirkhanian plays a selection of music by Banda Polyphony, Cecil Taylor Unit, Dollar Brand, Daniel Lentz, Philip Glass, and others. He then interviews French music critic Daniel Caux (with his wife translating) about their first trip to visit West Coast new music composers and performers. The program concludes with an interview with Canadian sound poet John Oswald who presents some of his recent compositions.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; New Music; Sound Poetry
Downloads: 203
[audio]Ode to Gravity: Charles Dodge
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Charles Dodge. Dodge specializes in composing computer speech music. He discusses how he composes and the pieces played on the program.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Sound Poetry; Charles Dodge
Downloads: 142
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